USA California California Coast Elk Listing #1322

Bella Mare - Elk, CA

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Max. occupancy: 8 3 Queen Bed, 1 Double Bed, 6 Twin Bed, 1 Futon 5 bedrooms 3.5 bathrooms No pets 
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Oceanfront home w/ private hot tub, ocean views & entertainment!

Just 16 miles south of Mendocino and perched right on the ocean bluff, this majestic five-bedroom Elk vacation rental offers luxurious surroundings, all with a stunning ocean view. In addition, there's a private hot tub, wood-burning fireplace, and a kids' room—complete with six twin beds and a TV. All of this and a half-acre yard—it's heaven!

Inside this 4,000 square foot, oceanfront vacation home, you'll enjoy nights relaxing in the spacious living room with TV, cable, and DVD player. Or, you can retire to the fireplace room—start a fire and settle back on one of the sofas or the window seat and take in the amazing ocean view. Take advantage of the complimentary WiFi, and search for local attractions to plan your itinerary. No matter where you decide to relax, you'll be surrounded by comfort and classic design touches.

The full kitchen includes a refrigerator, Wolf Commercial-grade stovetop/oven, and a dishwasher. Unleash your gourmet skills in this gorgeous, functional space. From the dining area, you can have your dinner with stunning water views for an unforgettable vacation meal. You'll want to stay at the table talking, and finishing the last of the wine.

Five bedrooms (two downstairs and three upstairs including the 'dorm') have three queen beds, a full bed, and there are six twin beds in the upstairs, kid-friendly game room space. This game room also has a TV, comfortable furniture, and lots of room for playing, reading, or socializing. Three of the bedrooms have ocean views, including the downstairs master suite. There are also three and a half baths, a laundry room with washer and dryer, board games, and a stereo. Everything you'll need!

No matter how nice the interior of this Elk vacation home is, you will definitely be spending a lot of time outside. Lounge on the large deck, enjoying the views of the rocky California coast, or soak in the hot tub after a long day of exploring. The edge of the property extends all the way to the bluff, allowing for spectacular views of the ocean. Bring a cup of coffee out in the morning for some quiet contemplation as you listen to the ocean's waves.

The Bella Mare vacation home in Elk is right along the main street, with plenty of options if you don't feel like making a meal at home. Bridget Dolan's Pub is practically next door for a nice dinner out and in the morning, walk down the road to Queenie's Roadhouse for a satisfying breakfast alongside the locals. The perfect fuel before a day of hiking or a game of golf at the Little River Golf Course, just 13 miles north. If you do want to explore the beach, there's a trail head right across the street from Queenie's that heads right to the shore.

Other area attractions include the charming community of Mendocino, just a 30 minute drive away for a day of gallery browsing, hiking, and pints of local beer at Patterson's Pub. But really, with its amazing view, you may just be content to leave your car in the driveway and spend your time walking around the charming village of Elk and enjoying the good life at your Mendocino-area vacation rental.

This Northern California Coast vacation rental is an oasis of stunning ocean views, deluxe amenities, and classic style. Visit this small, laid-back ocean bluff community of Elk for a relaxing vacation in the beautiful Northern California sunshine.

County permit number: 127212

County tax number: 1653
County tax number: 10364

You must be 21 years or older to rent this property.





Children's games



Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC


Partial AC

Space heater

Wood-burning fireplace

Kitchen & dining






Ocean view


Water view


Beach access




Cable : Dish Network

Gaming system

Wireless router


On-site activities

Hot tub : Private


Gas grill : Private


Beach towels



Enclosed yard

53 reviews

Janver H. Sep 2021
The floor plan of the house worked out so well for us! We were a total of 8, and the house still felt big. The large stove/oven was great for cooking meals. The hot tub and pool table really added fun things to do together. The view was amazing and location was very convenient to go to Mendocino or Fort Brag! Thank you.
John R. Jul 2021
The location, overlooking the ocean, and a short walk to a beach is superb. The house is spacious and well appointed. It was perfect for us, our children, and our grandchildren
Archana V. Sep 2020
Love the backyard, ocean view and the night skies. View like never before.
A little old home , don’t expect it to be a new modern house
Lili W. Feb 2020
The place is beautiful and spacious but needs a deep clean. We found dog hair all over the dining table and floor and pieces of glass in the corner of the living room. We ended up vacuuming and cleaning on arrival. There were also a few other issues like the fridge not functioning properly and deck broken in places but hopefully the property managers will address them.
Manager response:
Thank you for your review, Lili. We apologize for the setbacks you experienced during your stay. Our maintenance tech has checked the boards on the deck to ensure all are securely in place, and we do have plans to replace the deck in the future. We have verified the fridge is working correctly and have followed-up with housekeeping regarding our high standards. We hope to see you again!
Mike T. Dec 2019
I would have given this place 5 stars, but two folks from our group contracted hot tub folliculitis after staying here. If you're considering this place, make sure the hot tub has been cleaned and serviced before booking.
Manager response:
Hi Mike, thank you very much for bringing this issue to our attention. We sincerely apologize for the issue with the hot tub. Our property manager has had the hot tub drained, scrubbed, sanitized, and re-filled. We will also be servicing it regularly and keeping a much closer eye on its cleanliness going forward. We hope to have another chance to impress you.
David K. Sep 2019
The location was amazing! Views hottub s'mores! Kids loved it! The wife and I loved!
The cliff was very dangerous! But it was far from the house! The town of Elk is so cute and very old-school Mendo!
We loved it! It could use a king size bed!!
CORINNE R. Jun 2019
Beautiful view with beautiful common spaces. Great kitchen and eating area for groups. Some quirks in house (second staircase into bedroom, 2/3 bathrooms en-suite and 3 other bedrooms share 3rd, 5th bedroom is really a common space) but I would rent again in a heartbeat
Saeed I. Feb 2019
Spectacular view of the ocean. The house is very spacious with lots of amenities. We really enjoyed our time.
Jon S. Jan 2019
We had a group of 7 adults and 4 children (ages 10 to 4) at the house for a week. We had a great time and the house was a perfect size. There was plenty of play space, a big kitchen and dining area, and room for adults to spread out. We made good use of the hot tub and patio area as well. The cooks in the family loved the big stove and oven available and the hikers and sightseers loved the immediate access to Highway 1 and the local beach down the road. The town of Elk is sleepy during the winter but the general store was open and had the essentials we needed. I would recommend this house for anyone looking for a quiet coastal getaway with a large group.
David B. May 2018
Great house for a group
craig L. Apr 2018
Home had lots of space. Nice to have three large rooms. Kitchen was great. Outside deck is so rotten it's actually a safety hazard. For a large house think you need a good size barbeque. The one here is the smallest I've ever seen. Need locks for all the bathroom doors for privacy. Local manager said they would send out someone to bury a dead deer. Guy came and threw the carcass over the cliff. When you go over to the cliffs to view the ocean and rocks you get a nice "dead smell". On the upside got a nice showing of turkey vultures from the hot tub. Speaking of hot tub, it need a new cover. It so rotten the material is falling in the hot tub. All seven of us had a good time. Enjoyed the home.
Manager response:
We are sorry to see this guest had some disappointments with their stay. The home is not advertised as having a BBQ due to the numerous issues we have encountered with providing one. We are glad to see these guests still made use of the small one on the property. Most of the doors to this home are original, so we will not be adding any locks as we do not want to deter from the historic nature currently present. We apologize if this guest was dissatisfied with the outcome of the deer. We cannot bury it due to well water contamination concerns, and the body was too far decomposed to completely remove from the property. Throwing the carcass over the cliff was the best option especially since we advise guests to not go too near the unstable cliff sides. The hot tub cover is older, but it is still in good condition. We will keep an eye on it for signs of decay. Thank you!
Jeff D. Oct 2017
Bring a lighter as we could not find one for the stove, minor detail but important for successful cooking! Also make sure to wear sandals or shoes out to the cliffs as there is a lot of broken glass in the lawn. Other than that AMAZING property, this place is truly a gem. The Elk store is only open until 6pm so make sure you get supplies before they close, or drive to Mendocino as there is a grocery store there too. Hot tub is clean and very enjoyable and the shower upstairs overlooks the ocean as you clean the sand off your body. This was a memory never to forget. !!
Edward S. Sep 2017
Excellent spot - make sure to budget some time to just hang in the backyard, as the view there is one of the most stunning in the area. Wonderful house as well! Lots more room that the pictures make it seem like even.
Sarah P. Jun 2017
I would stay again because there are not many options and it is a beautiful place and view. The event we went to was fantastic.
Blanche V. May 2017
It was in a central location for friends and family to stop by as they went up and down highway 1 to various events and activities.
April T. Apr 2017
We loved this house and the view so much, even before we left, we were trying to plan our next trip. The house has so much character and charm.... especially the kitchen. We cooked most of our meals there. We visited Point Arena lighthouse, and Mendocino several times. One of the best vacations we've ever taken
Kevin K. Jan 2017
Super for a big gang!
Pamela P. Jan 2017
Jo A. Dec 2016
The home was lovely with great views through huge windows and plenty of living space. Lots of winding roads to get there, but it was totally worth the drive through forests. We also loved the how the landscaping encouraged plenty of birds (hawks, Anna's hummingbirds, quail, etc.). Nice to have decent internet bandwidth to upload my pictures. An overall excellent place for a family to stay.
Melanie G. Nov 2016
We had a nice weekend, property is in a beautiful location. Property needs some attention to repairs. The Deck definitely needs replaced.
Manager response:
The Property Manager is actively working on repairing the deck. Thank you!
Jerri K. Oct 2016
Had a great retreat with great friends. Lots of room to spread out and plenty of furniture to be together in one room. Love the history of the house, It was previously owned by the Cooney family, a relative of the Donahue family who ran the mill.
Jonathan L. Aug 2016
Good location, beach is close by. Great view, house is in slightly older shape, contrary to the photos.
Ingrid B. Aug 2016
Wonderful getaway with a big group of friends. Nice older house and beautiful property.
Diana C. Aug 2016
Lovely home with an amazing view.
Karen M. Jun 2016
It would have been better if you had more than one key or a keypad.
We just left the key in the lock box for people to get in & out. If you had a keypad, maybe that would have been easier, but we made it work.
Missed the hot tub the last day & not sure why. Would not power on.
Loved all the room & the great views.
Manager response:
We will inspect the hot tub and make sure it is functioning properly.
Victor V. May 2016
Fantastic location with gorgeous view. Perfect for a large group (we had 10 people).
Julie G. May 2016
This is a terrific house, perfect for a large group. Great kitchen, fabulous stove. View is unparalleled and the town of Elk is charming. However, be forewarned. Getting information about the house other than what is printed, or if you need something, is a bit like getting blood out of a turnip!
Gina D. Apr 2016
Celebrated a milestone birthday with girlfriends in this huge house on the cliffs. Amazing view, adorable town, great hiking access. A very spacious home!
Janice N. Jul 2015
This was the first time we rented a house for our family vacation. Beautiful property and the grandkids thoroughly enjoyed the dorm room and amenities. They did not want to leave. The adults enjoyed the spacious kitchen and large dining table. Thank you to the owners for sharing their house.
Erich B. May 2015
Awesome yard! Unique proposition because of its close proximity to restaurants, pub, market, etc...
Dana P. Feb 2015
Lovely home, beautiful views, pleasant staff. Will definitely stay here again in spite of issues with deck. Hope it gets replaced soon.
Maria K. Jan 2015
This home was perfect for our extended family - the 5 kids loved their large room (with a pool table!), and the 6 adults spread out around the 3 sitting areas and large kitchen. But the view - stunning!!, and the location - wow! Elk is a cute little town, pub next door was handy, easy walk to the beach + the elk grocery was very well stocked with local items. The views from the lawn cannot be oversold
Jill N. Oct 2014
this was a wonderful property... i hadn't had a vacation in ~5 years and this exceeded by expectations. the view was breathtaking. i left refreshed and renewed. i have aleady referred two people from my office after seeing the picture. thank you and on such short notice... We are planning to go back asap..
Ralphine I. Sep 2014
In a remote location near a nice beach.
However I could not recommend it until it has been properly cared for and can be offered in a safe and functioning condition.
Manager response:
We are sorry to read you felt the home was uncared for. We will do an inspection to make sure everything is ready for our guests. Thanks!
Jessica H. Aug 2014
This is a beautiful property and location. Home is perfect for multi-family vacation and we will definitely be returning!
Marcia F. Aug 2014
Very comfortable home for a large group - kids room holds 8 and is a perfect hang out spot ( our girls loved it)
Tin N. Jun 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

Best part of house: private view of the ocean from the backyard. The photos don't do it justice, but a short walk in the backyard, leads to your own private bluff with views of the ocean. There is a bench at the edge of the bluff where we would sit at for hours and even had wine and cheese there one night. We would do yoga on the lawn overlooking to ocean. Dinners were had on the backyard deck with the ocean views. And of course, the hot tub is outside in the backyard with the breathtaking view.

The second best part of the house is the well stocked kitchen and range. We cooked all of our meals in.

The bedrooms were cozy, plentiful. Bonus features include the klipsch stero in the living, the pool table up stairs. Also other things like video games, sat tv.

The wifi was weak and there was no cell service (tmobile)- but that was ok for us as we really wanted to disconnect from the world.

We would recommend rental to all just for the view. But the house itself is fantastic (well furnished, cleaned, maintened) It is a big house and would suit a family well or a 3-4 couples. It was just me and my friend, we liked have all the space to spread out.